3.5 Million Fish Killed In Neuse River; South Creek Kill Under Investigation

State officials now estimate more than 3.5 million fish have been killed in the Neuse River in Craven County.

The fish kill was spotted last week and extended from Flanners Beach downstream to Slocum Creek on the south shore of the Neuse River. Dead fish were also found in the areas of Minnesott Beach and Camp Seafarer.

Neuse Riverkeeper Larry Baldwin says it's one of the worst fish kills that he's ever seen.

Meanwhile, state officials are at another kill on South Creek, outside of Aurora. Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Heather Jacobs tells WITN News that the kill was discovered Monday morning near where Highway 33 crosses over the creek.


Original Story

A large fish kill in the east is under investigation.

Neuse Riverkeeper Larry Baldwin says the number of dead fish found on the Neuse River Thursday exceeded 100,000. The fish kill extended from Flanners Beach downstream to Slocum Creek on the south shore of the Neuse River. Dead fish were also found in the areas of Minnesott Beach and Camp Seafarer.

The kill was not specific to one type of fish; several species were dead, including crabs in crab pots. Baldwin says there were no open sores on the fish examined.

He believes low oxygen levels are responsible for this latest fish kill.


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  • by Dave Location: L.A. on Aug 25, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    Dora, the storm never came close enough to our coast to push any salt water far enough into the rivers to cause problems. Remember as well that the fish kills were BEFORE Hurricane Bill ever got close to us. Salt concentration is naturally lower near the shore, and nearly unaffected by rain in the deep sea. This is simply a case of low oxegen from the summer heat, heavy rains and overgrowth of green plants in the water. Not pollution, nets, politics, boats, hurricanes, sharks, racisim, robbers, abortions, animal abuse, or gas prices. Low oxegen, they suffocated, it happens every year, as it has for the past several thousand years.
  • by Angry Fisherman Location: NC on Aug 24, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    with fish kills like these we need some change! The resource is already under enough pressure. www.nomoregillnets.org Read it, believe it!!
  • by B Location: Hampstead on Aug 24, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    www.nomoregillnets.org another reason we need gill nets out of our internal waters. gill nets are walls of death!!
  • by dora on Aug 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    lots of times a fish disease will come through and clean to weakers ones out. that plus the high salt content from all the storms will cause fresh water fish to die. The storm out in the Atlantic literally blows the salt water up in to the fresh water areas and kills the fish. No that the storm has passed the water salt will begin to return to normal. It's a mess I know but most people should be used to this sort of thing by now. It's also a good way to clear the lake of sick or dying fish. the high salt will go ahead and make that happen.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 24, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    Sorry Disgusting, in response to a liberal post from Derek. I can assure you there is politics in this fish kill, blame PCS, humans swimming in the river, usual stuff. Never forget the position liberal environmentalist will have with this. Not that long ago one of the "river keepers" mentioned fish kill and PCS in the same sentence. Completely unproven opinion. These are the same type of people that had Washington cease powel drivers for the HW11 bridge accross the river. A minnow might be spawning in the area and might upset the mating process or kill a minnow? I think it might be a related minnow to the ones in Ca that shut down farms there and 70 thousand to be layed off. Politics?, you be the judge.
  • by James Location: Pamlico River on Aug 24, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    I wonder who counted them.
  • by Disgusted Location: Greenville on Aug 21, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    OSOC, I agree with your 1st post as this is largely due to typical summer low oxygen levels. However, you go on to use this story about dead fish to rant about politics. Stick to the topic. Get over yourself.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 21, 2009 at 04:44 PM
    Sorry to take the wind out of your sails Derek, only quoting the facts. Hey, your president just came out with his 9 trillon dollar budget, I hope he doesn't get access to your checking account. I repeat my post, 9 Trillion dollars, more than Bill Clinton and W spent in 16 years, you should be proud of the biggest spender in the history of the US. And you, voted for this idiot. You should be so proud comrade. John, are you telling a fish story? You hope to catch a buzz, right?
  • by Tom Location: Havelock on Aug 21, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    The fish in the Neuse River are dying and I have heard the state's team that investigates fish kills has just been cut in half by the state. As a fisherman and water lover that's just not right! We need people like that to let us know whats going on with the river. If you love and use the river tell your family and friends or other blogs that this has happened. If enough people tell the state that we need to protect our rivers maybe the state will put the team back to full staff. That way we as tax payers will have the rivers for our kids. I found the team's website. They do a lot of things to help keep NC waters clean and safe. Check it out WWW.esb.enr.state.nc.us/nrrt.html
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Aug 21, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    It's all the Yankees up stream..
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